I’m embarrassed to say it took this long, but finally after 14 years of wakeboarding in Florida I rode the St. John’s River for the 1st time! The team has grown rapidly in recent months so we decided to get everyone together for some “teamage,” and what better place to escape to than St. Johns. The river is only about an hour away from home here in Orlando and the butter factor is huge regardless of wind-speeds. It curves, turns, and banks it’s way from Central Florida all the way up through Jacksonville and is one of the only north flowing rivers in the US (so they tell us). Team riders included Jeff House, Oliver Derome, Dylan Miller and myself along with wake brand manager Wade Wagley and the newly acquired marketing mastermind Mr. Gary Huck. We stayed in a town called Astor, FL where (unfortunately) no one cares about the NBA playoffs, but in reality this was the beauty of our escape: No distractions; Just us and the water…and the alligators…and the snakes while I’m at it. We saw two snakes crossing the river and at least 20 -30 alligators during our day and a half mission, but this was all the more motivation to spot your landings and ride away from EVERYTHING. After all, no one want’s to be bobbing around in a gator tank! Other wildlife spottings included wild striped bass, mating manatee’s and several brown trout floaters…
Silver Glenn Swim Session!
Not only did we ride and shoot, we also taught Gary how to wakeboard for his first time, did some wakesurfing, and cruised up through the Sliver Glenn Springs for an afternoon beverage and a refreshing swim down the throat of mother nature (the spring). There were fish EVERYWHERE, but unfortunately none that were interested in my rod and reel…If you live in FL or visit often the Silver Glenn Springs are a must see, especially if you can hit it in the winter because the water is 72 degrees year round and loaded with manatees.
Foot! Dylan Miller surfing the Left!
Look out for photo’s from the trip by photographer Joey Meddock an upcoming issue of Wake Journal as well as a video by Patrick Wieland on our video page within the next week…Until then here are a few I-phone outtakes from the adventure!